By Manishaa R
It is Rajnikanth’s 67th birthday today and the internet is flooded with birthday wishes from millions of his ardent fans, who worship him, an indication of his immense popularity among his fans. According to the superstar’s close friend, producer, distributor and exhibitor, Rockline Venkatesh, Rajnikanth’s charisma will never die, irrespective of his age, “His charisma is timeless. His superstardom has only grown over the years. Every movie he does takes him to another level. Age will never be a barrier for him,” Rockline asserts.
According to the eminent businessman, who had last distributed and released Rajnikanth’s Kabali in Karnataka, the cult following and the popularity commanded by the legendary actor, has a lot to with his ability to relate to the masses, “When he acts, he has a larger than life aura on screen and when he is off screen, people love his simplicity and humility. The best quality about him is that he never gets carried away by his superstardom. He is extremely good at heart, remembers his friends and well-wishers and values relationships. Above all, he is a selfless man,” he points out.
There was a time not so long ago when the superstar was all set to enter the political arena but later kept his plans on hold. Is it time Rajnikanth seriously looked at stepping into politics? Rockline feels that the legendary actor can make for a great politician considering his popularity quotient and the genuine concern he has for the people of his state, “I know for a fact that he cares for the people in Tamil Nadu. He does so much for charity but never speaks about it. He is full of great and revolutionary ideas and if he decides to firmly step into politics, he can put the state on a prominent level on the political map of India. Also his followers and fans value every word that he utters,” Rockline avers.
However like all successful people, Rajnikanth too has had his share of detractors who tried to pull his down once upon a time. Rockline admits that he has been a witness to the challenges faced by the superstar, when he produced Lingaa with him, “There were people with a vested agenda who tried to pull him down at that time by circulating misleading box-office reports about the film but the distributors who released the film know very well that it was a success. Rajni never gets affected by anything. He puts his heart and soul in every film he does and comes out invariably in flying colours,” Rockline insists.
I know for a fact that Rajnikanth cares for the people in Tamil Nadu. He is full of great and revolutionary ideas and if he decides to firmly step into politics, he can put the state on a prominent level on the political map of India- Rockline Venkatesh, Rajnikanth’s friend and producer-distributor
The producer-distributor, who is all set to acquire Rajnikanth’s next film, 2.0 for the Karnataka territory, treasures the moments he spends with Rajnikanth, personally and professionally, “Given an opportunity, I would love to produce every movie with him. He is a professional to the core. On the other hand, as a friend, I cherish every moment I spend with him. What is truly adorable about him is that he never throws his weight around,” he says.
He recalls a recent meeting he had with the superstar in Bangalore, while he was on his way to Mantralayam, “Rajnikanth makes it a point to call me whenever he is in Bangalore and it was great catching up with him once again. This meeting too was truly special like always. He later went to Mantralayam, where he took the blessings of his guru, Raghavendra Swamy.” he reveals.
Few people are aware that Rajnikanth also caught up with a movie in a theatre on his way to Mantralayam, “He does that every time he visits Bangalore and Mantralayam. Like every time, he drove down this time too in an ordinary car and stopped mid-way to check out a movie in a small town theatre in the second show. The audiences there were completely oblivious of his presence. Thereafter he proceeded to the temple,” Rockline smiles adding that “there can be only one Rajnikanth in the history of filmmaking No one can beat his popularity. I wish him all the very best and I pray to God to give him a long life and peace of mind,” he quips.